I had always though this vehical required a powerful electromagnetic field built into the road to operate but if its not using that type of Electromagnetic field it would either need a lot of energy to work by itself or a small amount of energy to work using anti gravity technology.
Honestly??!! We are posting the fantasy now? Please don't assume if we got meglav train, we got meglav pod already. We got fission reactor, but still some time until viable fusion.
This goes to show that people don't have any idea what they really want.
Except for the lack of antigravity technology this seems like a very practical idea. Just build them with a partition down the middle so the strange woman you need to ride with can't smack you when someone cuts you off.
Snake Oil Baron
So many problems! Strong winds? Luggage space? etc.
And when you get there, none of your credit cards will work ever again!
@Snake Oil Baron
Don't assume something if you don't understand what it's talking about in the video.
At 1:43 it shows a piechart which shows the geological composition of Chengdu.
this 钒 is Vanadium in chinese
this 钛 is Titanium
this 磁鐵礦 is Magnitite
under the piechart is 100亿吨 this means 10 billion ton; its referring to the amount of magnetite under Chengdu. The vehicle is using the magnetite in the ground to hover.
Hovering (maglev) is cool I guess, but this will mean infrastructure in defined pathways. A magnetic track could probably handle the stopping/starting/merging. But how do you get the " hover car" to the track? Or off? This seems like a fancy light rail with pods. Wheels, I've heard, don't take much energy to support a transport device, and they work in lots of places. And of course there is the question regarding the effects of EMFs on the passengers.
Bruce H. Anderson
Certainly a cute little bugger, doubtful it could ever be realized as a working vehicle - for maglev to work (not meglav) requires huge amounts of power - no way that car has batteries strong enough to get it to maneuver or stop (if that's even possible - no friction means it would take more power to halt).
"using the magnetite in the ground to hover. "
my only wish is to live long enough to see that work!
why is 'the wheel' such a problem that has to be constantly 'solved'?
a wheel takes zero energy to 'hover'
how much does this thing take?
Don't assume that because someone states something that they are being serious. I did indeed see the visual aid of the white arrow power coming from the rainbow layers beneath the earth to help lift the car and deduced that the designers were hoping for some geomagnetic mechanism to make this possible. I just didn't see it as sensible, hence the need for antigravity.
There is a reason that, amongst the computer graphics, there is no real footage of a tiny device being floated a millimeter or two above the magnetic field of Chengdu as a proof of concept.
Snake Oil Baron
If it -can- use magnetite to hover (and I admit I am a little dubious - long range magnetic force isn't strong) then this would be the coolest thing ever. In fact, a levitating bus could be a serious tourist draw. Guess it's time I start learning to speak Cantonese.
Looking even further ahead then VW and from the perspective and idea of forming an advanced single-standard global infrastructure and transportation system, see the Aqua=Terra T.W.I.N.S. (Trans-Web Infrastructure Network System) projects (www.aquaterraplanetaryholdingsllc.com).
Recognizing that all of us like and will not give up our personal vehicles for local travel, we do have to consider more efficient, safer, and faster ways to travel to distances greater than 200 miles which is the usual comfort zone in a car.
So, VW, got a plan for a national and international system? If not, see the Aqua=Terra T.W.I.N.S. projects that may add to your bottom-line via this Maglev / Hover vehicle innovation. This Hover type vehicle may be one way to get from a Terra Station / T-Portal to one's home, naturally, once connecting guide-ways are built to accommodate the hover vehicles. If so established, then a person would be able to board at home onto a hover transport vehicle and go directly to a T-Station and once arriving, walking into a T.W.I.N.S. transport capsule to a destination hundreds or thousands of miles away and back the same day, all the way home.
What do you think VW?
Aqua=Terra Planetary Holdings, LLC
Why do all these personal transport devices never have any space for cargo at all? Not even space for a briefcase!
Also, why bother with a key at all? Gimme an NFC smartphone and app so I can just walk up to my car and get in. It should even work with ride-share programs like Zipcar so no matter what vehicle I'm using, the process is the same, touch my phone and go.
There was some work on monopolar magnets, the 'car' could then levitate if it was over an aluminium trackway. Just dont ask where the free energy is coming from.
Pure fictional fantacy.
I would like to see what happens trying to maglev your way down a steep hill and still having some way to stop this thing. Or maybe the driver and passenger can put their feet out the doors to act as a brake!! It might be easier to provide holes in the floor.
THIS IS A FREAKING MIRACLE!
No more road damage. No more pot holes.
No more roads! You can hover over grass!
No more hot highways contributing to global warming. No more tar, no more nightmare traffic jams because a piece of the road is being repaired. Lets make all cars do this!
@Charles Bosse: You may perhaps want to learn Mandarin rather than Cantonese.
This is exactly the future of urban transportation.
Magnetic levitation capsules, which in addition to traveling in magnetized tracks can climb the extern wall till the door / window of your apartment.
Never more elevators, garages, nor wheels with rubber tires.
Congratulations to Simon Loasby and Das "China" Auto.
Styling and cargo aside, this would be a good idea, if the technology was to hover off the ground, not a metal track. It's like Maglev but with more freedom to move where you want unless it's off road, soo not really where you want:/ Keep up the good work, the idea is there.
Taking a step backwards in time.... where is the Volkswagon economy electric? Something in the $7-8000 range. Simple design, simple solar PV battery charger canopy.
As an idea it seems to be great but I see that everybody have many questions and so have I... What if this thing falls down on a highway? I think it could be even worse than crashing on a motorcycle...
To all those congenital optimists:
Having an idea is NEVER a problem. There are countles wild ideas out there. Having an idea, that is feasible IS a problem.
Until there is some kind of levitation technology, that is cheaper than good ol' wheel or at least its application in transportation makes it cheaper compared to wheeled transportation this is all just a useless dream.
BTW, if the ground there in China really had some magnetic properties that could be used for levitation, I'm sure it could be utilised way more efficiently for energy generation, so that the whole city transportation could go electric. THAT would really be awesome. Levitating designer's dream is just childish.
it is clear from the video that this thing does not use magnetic levitation.
If you see in the video where the device drives past the magazine stand, it encounters a discarded can. This can is obviously being blown by some kind of air being forcibly emitted from the underside of this vehicle.
Hey VW what happened to the 1L car (1 liter per 100k)? Why not start producing that then move to this contraption.
Personally I'm sick of everyone being a buzz kill.
If people like all of you were around when the Wright brothers were inventing a plane, then god knows how far behind our world would be.
You need to make mistakes, learn and try new things to further advance. Of course it costs money, a lot of time and patience. But thankfully others out there aren't like you all thinking 'it's useless'.
There's many factors why just a 'wheel' could be improved. Firstly, no production of them or abuse/burning = a better, cleaner future which you all seem to want.. and on top of that, wheels limit you greatly...
Much more, but why bother even explaining myself..
I like unrealistic thinkers. Cause it's UNREALISTIC for a massive piece of metal to fly over oceans. But thankfully, the Wright brothers thought otherwise. It's unrealistic for a switch to magically give light to the center of a room, but thankfully.. Thomas Edison didn't think so.
Sick of people rejecting the advancement of technology. Wake up and realise we need to forward ourselves.
Wright brothers didn't make a plane out of the blue. Successful gliding attempts have been made before, and a combustion engine, although weak, had already been in use too. Sure, their first powered flight was revolutionary, but to be fair, it was more of an evolution of previous achievemnts of other people.
Now that VW gimmick is in no sense similar to Wright brothers case. If it were, we would have to have already at least some sort of energy efficient and compact levitation device. So far, all we have are cumbersome rotors, jet engines and limited maglev applications. They are all either too inefficient energywise or too cumbersome or impractical to be used in personal transportation.
Dream on. Next please.
If you listen to the video, I think you can hear forced air.
But it is cool looking. Wish the article had gone into more detail how it works, what's it's power-source, etc.
Interesting how people actually think this is real. Also interesting how VW turns an idea that's been around for over 50yrs into apparently some sudden new brainstorm from China. Wow, wish I thought of that...duh. Way to go VW China marketing dept!
Yes Ed, I noticed that as well, HOWEVER, the force exerted was nowhere close to the thrust needed to hold that pod and two adults aloft.
Also, no ore of any kind is found in smooth even layers, so the magnetic force will vary and fail in some areas as well.
This has to be CGI.
?? You might be able to make this thing into a short range hovercraft that uses jets of air to suspend itself off the ground. It would not go too far since it would need a lot of gasoline to provide the energy to do that.